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Devils notebook Feb. 17

Volchenkov returns Friday; Devils make three roster moves

Thursday, 02.17.2011 / 3:58 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Though his Devils are making a real run at the playoffs, Jacques Lemaire doesn't believe that changes anything for Friday's meeting with the Rangers. 

The teams last met on Feb. 3 at the Garden. New Jersey rode goals by Ilya Kovalchuk, Brian Rolston and Dainius Zubrus to a 3-0 lead, then held on for a 3-2 triumph.

"They're ahead of us by a mile," Lemaire said of the Devils' seventh-place rivals. "That hasn't changed. We're still at the same level as we were."

Lemaire shrugged off the Devils-Rangers history for now. No matter who they're playing, his squad needs wins, no matter the opponent. They trail Carolina by 12 points for the final playoff spot in the East.

"It's not the competition against the two there," he said. "They're in the playoffs, we're not. It's just a game that the two teams want to get two points. That's what it is."

A-Train back
Anton Volchenkov has served his three-game suspension, and will return to the lineup Friday. Mark Fraser will sit out.

"It's been a pretty long time," Volchenkov said. "It felt pretty long, but I'm ready to go. No changes. I'll [still play] the same way: hard."

He received the ban for an elbow to the head of Carolina's Zach Boychuk on Feb. 8. Boychuk was reaching for a puck as Volchenkov went for the hit, inadvertantly catching Boychuk up high.

Player moves
The Devils recalled center Jacob Josefson from Albany (AHL), and assigned defenseman Jay Leach. Tim Sestito was placed on waivers. If he clears, Lemaire said Adam Mair will take his place in the lineup on Friday.

Josefson played in six games with New Jersey from Oct. 15-27 before he was sidelined by a hand injury that required surgery.

He returned to the Albany lineup on Jan. 7 and has collected three goals and nine assists in 17 games. He had been centering Matt Anderson and Adam Henrique with the A-Devils.

"I liked it. I got to play a lot and that's what I needed," Josefson said. "I was out for almost two and a half months and needed to play some hockey games. That's what's really good for me."

The hand has definitely improved.

"It's been good," he said. "It's not bothering me at all. I still tape it a little bit, but just to make it better."

He added, "It feels strong."

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 49 23 8 2 31
A. Henrique 54 12 19 -1 31
J. Jagr 57 11 18 -10 29
P. Elias 51 10 15 -14 25
S. Gomez 37 5 18 -7 23
M. Zidlicky 61 4 19 -8 23
S. Bernier 46 10 8 1 18
T. Zajac 53 8 10 -5 18
M. Ryder 43 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 43 2 15 4 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 22 23 5 .926 2.22
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59